Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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4.39/5 rDev +19%
Really a looker for a guy who likes the dark stuff. Extreme darkness, slightly thick pour. Brown head that has moderate retention. A spotty lace and a creamy brown froth left up top as the head falls.
Malt, chocolate and alcohol. A treat on the night before Easter. They use the word decadent on the bottle and that's the word to describe the smell.
Chocolate tempered with alcohol best defines the taste. A more bittersweet version of chocolate that milk chocolate, but no worries. Very malt forward with balance provided by the alcohol.
Feels thicker that it looks, despite a fairly thick look. A bit of smokiness. Full bodied and then some. Warm from the alcohol. No real bitterness from hops, only from the alcohol and the chocolate itself. A warming sensation from mid-sip on.
I love this beer. A great dinner beer, especially with a chocolate and peanut butter bunny downstairs in the fridge waiting for me.
04-20-2014 03:07:42 | More by RickS95
4.38/5 rDev +18.7%
A - pitch black with a thick, dark brown head
S - cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, coffee
T - huge, chocolate notes, big coffee presence, roasted malts, some alcohol, mildly bitter finish
M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated
This was a really nice offering. The chocolate was absolutely impressive. The balance was also impeccable. The coffee added a nice bitter balance to the sweet coffee. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had from Widmer. This is definitely a beer I will have again.
03-05-2013 01:47:39 | More by tdm168
4.21/5 rDev +14.1%
Poured into a Lost Abbey glass, bottled on 12/13/12. Pours a slick black with a 3 inch light brown head, that leaves lace all over the sides of the glass. Smell is very large dark chocolate, coffee, some roasted malt, and toffee. Taste is similar, rich chocolate dances on the palate to start and gives way to some roasted coffee and carmel. Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is very nice, maybe a little more expensive than some equal or More quality beer, but tasty for sure.
02-21-2013 01:22:10 | More by SawDog505
4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
Arrives a deep, dark, nearly black liquid with a creamy, dark tan head. Retention is quite good and settles to a big island. Glass is just covered in a sheet of lace.
Smell is odd. The first and strongest note is cider. Not certain if this is just from an incompletely cleared line or intentional. Once past that, faint malt and cocoa are all I found.
Taste is rich with toasted malt, dark chocolate, some toffee and a whiff of rum and dark fruit in the post swallow/aftertaste moment.
Full bodied with just a minimum of carbonation. Rich, supremely smooth, almost like drinking velvet. Some coating of the tongue and palate. Extremely good once past the nose.
01-31-2013 23:12:07 | More by PorterLambic
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.
A: Pitch black with nice 3 finger brown head. Some minimal lacing but nothing to speak of. The wax seal makes for attractive packaging but made the bottle a pain to open.
S: Roasted malts with coffee notes, chocolates, maybe a bit of licorice.
T: Bitter chocolates are up front especially as it warmed up. Nice coffee and roasts flavors coming through. A slight hint of some fruity flavors underneath, maybe cherry.
M: Nice medium body with average carbonation. Not too thick, but coats tongue well.
O: Good chocolate stout. Very enjoyable to drink. I prefer the Yeti chocolates just a bit to this one, but a solid choice still.
04-28-2013 23:05:19 | More by richj1970
Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.